H9. How many bedrooms are available for use only by this household?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing your local authority to understand and address housing shortages or overcrowded accommodation in your area.

The census first asked this question in 2011.

Include any rooms:

  • that have been built as a bedroom
  • that have been converted for use as a bedroom, or
  • where the use has permanently changed to that of a bedroom

Bedsits and studio flats

Count these as having one bedroom.

Help with which rooms to include

Include if:

  • it was a bedroom to start with and is still used as one
  • it was a bedroom to start with, but is now used for something else like an office or den
  • it was a room with plumbing at the start, for example, a bathroom or kitchen, before it was changed to a bedroom
  • it was not a room at all at the start, but is now used as a bedroom, for example, a loft or garage conversion

Do not include if:

  • it's now a bathroom, wet room or kitchen, but was a bedroom to start with
  • it's a dining room, conservatory or living room that's also currently used for sleeping

Not sure how to answer

If you’re not sure how to answer, imagine you’re selling the house: how many bedrooms would you advertise?